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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Insynnium is a complex and conceptual work of science fiction penned by author Tim Cole, focusing on the concepts of time and life. The sinister title takes its name from an exclusive sleeping pill, one which restores its sleepers emotionally through powerful, almost magical dreams. The novel follows three central figures, connected by the past, who are all drawn to the pill due to different breakdowns in their current lives. Max, Duncan, and Rachel all have sufferance to bear, and insynnium leads them to deal with those struggles in different ways, including psychic connections, time travel and the inner darkness which we all fear we may possess.
Written for adults due to its graphic nature, this long but worthwhile read explores human psychology and emotional coping mechanisms alongside some fascinating paranormal and science fiction concepts. I enjoyed author Tim Cole’s sweeping narration, which focuses not on any specific individual all the time, but on the journey of all the characters as a whole, and gives insight into how different minds may view the same problem and connect to different concepts in their lives. I particularly liked Max and his time travel conundrums, the Inception-style cycles of past life and how he learns and relearns as the timeline does (or doesn’t) move forward for him. Despite the disparate strands of each story, the overall plot comes back together really well and in unexpected but perfectly satisfying ways. All in all, this makes Insynnium an enriching psychological read for fans of literary conceptual works.